Monday, November 29, 2010

Mary's Fall Flannel



I finished this yummy flannel quilt of Mary's tonight. It really is more green than this photo shows.

It was quilted using Leafage by Keryn Emmerson, with Olive Drab Permacore thread and Fairfield low-loft poly batting. The thinner batting works well with the heavyness of a flannel top and backing, making it a snuggly quilt. Hope she likes it!

Design Wall Monday



Well, the dresden plates made from the shirts is now a top! I have a few customer quilts to quilt before I can load this one and get it finished.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Suzanne's Christmas Cats

Suzanne made this cute quilt for her sister, I believe. They both love Laurel Birch fabrics and she did a wonderful job.



It's quite a busy quilt so I quilted it with Echo Holly & Poinsettia by Dave Hudson using Glide thread.



Stashbusting - November 28, 2010

Fabric Added - 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date - 55.25 yards
Fabric Used - 7.25 yards
Fabric Used Year to Date - 160.875 yards
YEAR TO DATE STASH USED: 105.625 yards

I didn't buy anything this week and made 5 stockings and finished 7 placemats. It's good to be over 100 yards!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

When in Philly......


You gotta have a cheesesteak sandwich!
The first half of my journey has been smooth.

Stephanie's Christmas Lap Quilt



What a cute quilt, but the fabrics are pretty busy, so I quilted it with the Echo Holly pantograph, green Permacore thread and Hobbs 80/20 batting.



Today, I'm off to New York to spend the holiday with my son and his wife. I hope the airports are not too bad.

I'm wishing all my blog friends a Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Birthday today to my wonderful daughter, Julie!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Stephanie's Table Toppers

Stephanie made these table toppers to give to her sisters, I believe. The backing fabric was purchased by her mother, long ago, to make a pants suit. I wasn't sure how it would work for the back, but I didn't have any problems at all. They are just under 40" square.



I quilted them all the same, with a feather meander in the center, loopy curve in the inner border and freehand flowers and leaves in the outer borders. Hobbs 80/20 of course, and So Fine tan on top and a white PermaCore bobbin.







And the back:

Sunday, November 21, 2010

It was a Bag Weekend for Me!

I made 2 bags this weekend, this Margo bag for myself:



I was searching my stash for fall colors and ended up with these. I'm not really a fan of oriental fabrics, but I like it. I just now remembered that I wanted to make a black and white one....maybe next time.

Then I made this cute Children's Activity Bag for Dané's nephew, who will be at Thanksgiving. I was originally searching for a crayon bag pattern so that I could make one for Elizabeth. Now that I've made one, I know a few things that I would do differently.



The pattern is a free one from Moda's Bake Shop. Instead of a charm pack, I used novelty fabrics in his favorite color, blue.

Stashbusting November 21, 2010

Do you think I can make 100 yards by next week?

Fabric Added - 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date - 55.25 yards

Fabric Used - 5.5 yards
Fabric Used Year to Date - 153.625 yards

YEAR TO DATE STASH USED: 98.375 yards

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Julie's Holly Jolly



Here's Julie's Holly Jolly wall hanging/table topper. I'm not sure how she will use it. I quilted straight lines in the setting triangles, serpentine lines in the candy canes and meandering long-arm feathers in the blocks, with white PermaCore thread and Hobbs 80/20 batting.

Julie got these fabrics and the pattern a couple years ago when I won the $250 Fat Quarter shop gift certificate for stashbusting. I was so used to not shopping for fabric, that I had a hard time spending that much, so I told Julie to go pick out what she wanted. I'm happy she picked this one cause it's cute as can be.

Alice's I-Spy 4-patch

Alice made this I-spy quilt for her grandson and is it ever cute. I quilted it with Square Spiral by Keryn Emmerson, the perfect quilting for a little boy. White Permacore thread and Hobbs 80/20 batting.



And here's the pieced back:

Monday, November 15, 2010

Design Wall Monday



Here it is, something different for a change. These are the pieced borders for my Connect The Dots quilt, a mystery by JudyL.

1 for Customers, 1 for Me!

That's what this past weekend was like. I quilted this oh-so cute baby quilt for Stephanie, using Popcorn pantograph and eggshell thread.



The colors are actually more subtle than my photos and it's absolutely cute-as-can-be.



And the back, which is a soft lavender:



Then, I quilted one of my own using the same panto and pink thread. This one is for Kendyll, the new daughter of one of my co-workers, Bryan.



Friday, November 12, 2010

Rosemary's Beautiful Quilts

Here is the second quilt that Rosemary made. I just LOVE her style and I hope that she loves my quilting.
Rosemary and I met on an online quilting message board and have only met in person a few times. She sends me the most beautiful quilts and I never have to fuss with them to get them to lay flat.

On this quilt, I used my circle lord spirals template, and wavy SID (because I didn't want to have to change thread color for the SID), and flat feathers in the border.





And look at the back, It's a two sided quilt for sure.



Hobbs 80/20 batting and Glide tan and PermaCore camel thread for both of them.

And as promised last week, here is a full shot of her Town Square quilt:

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Back to my Regularly Scheduled Quilting

Now that Jennifer's quilt is finished, I can get back to the quilts that have been patiently waiting.

The first one is Rosemary's and it is a very striking quilt and her circles are PERFECT! So, I thought they deserved some nearly perfect circle quilting, using my Circle Lord. You remember my Circle Lord, that pricey piece of equipment that I bought for Mabel on her first anniversary and have used very little! Well, now it's getting some use.

Anyway, this is turning out quite nice....



And it really is purple, not blue. I'm not sure what's up with my camera.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Put this one on my list!


This is one that I really want to make. The Winter Wonderland quilts on white with red or blue are pretty, but this primitive one is just beautiful! Only problem is....I don't do redwork!






This one was made by Jennifer and when she first called she thought she might like a pantograph, well, as soon as I saw it, I asked her if she was sure and she changed her mind. I really did have a great time with this one.




Lots more pics here!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Design Wall Monday

Looks pretty much like it did last week with these dresden plate blocks from Mary's dad's shirts. I did start on another center this week.



I also make 80+ nine patches for my JudyL Connect The Dots Mystery Quilt border

Stephanie's Black, White and Red



What a great looking quilt. The red adds just the right burst of color to this one. She made it for her daughter.



Meandering Stars, bu Dave Hudson is the quilting design, white permacore thread and Hobbs 80/20 batting.



And the back, just as stunning as the front:

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Rosemary's Town Square





What a pretty quilt! I just love it and she said it went together quickly. There are some oriental fabrics so I decided to use my Clamshell Circle Lord Boards of this one. I used Glide tan thread and prewound bobbins, Hobbs 80/20 batting.

I'll get a shot of the whole quilt tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Shipshewana 2011 Good News-Bad News

I've made our reservation for the Shipshewana 2011 retreat and for you, it may be good news, or it may be bad news.

The dates are October 27-30, 2011.

I got lots of replys from the retreaters this year and this date is the one chosen by most. There were a few that could not attend this weekend, and I certainly hope that you can attend in 2012, when the dates will be October 18-21, 2012.

If you did not attend the retreat this year, here are some of the details:

We will be staying at the Farmstead Inn and will be using the conference rooms to sew in. The guest rooms have 2 queen beds and a roll-away bed can be brought in for an $8 charge.
Continental Breakfast is served each morning and you are on your own for lunch and dinner. We all bring snacks for the snack table and I will provide soft drinks and bottled water. The big difference this year is that I will be collecting a Retreat Fee of $20 per person to cover the sewing room, drinks and other necessities.

I have reserved a block of 25 rooms and you will be making your own reservations with the Farmstead Inn. This will make it much easier for you to make a change in roommates, if needed.
Please make your reservations as soon as you can, as when the 25 rooms are books, I don't know if we can get more.

You can get the registration form Here.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Design Wall Monday



I'm just barely squeeking in before midnight here to post my design wall.

I have finished appliqueing the outside edges of the dresden plates. The centers will be next and then I will put it together.